Mock Test #1 – Road Rules, Signs, and Signals

Driver's Mock Test #1 - Road Rules

#1: Which traffic signs are eight-sided?

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The eight-sided shape is exclusively used for stop signs.

#2: Overtaking large vehicles is more difficult. What is a main reason for this?

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It takes longer to pass a large vehicle. If in doubt do not overtake.

Highway code rule: 164.

#3: You are driving on a motorway. By mistake, you go past the exit that you wanted to take. What should you do?

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If you have missed your exit, or have taken the wrong route, carry on to the next exit. Never reverse, cross the central reservation, or drive against the traffic flow.

Highway code rule: 263.

#4: A two-second rule is used for:

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Leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops. Allow at least a two-second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster-moving traffic and in tunnels where visibility is reduced. This is known as the two-second rule.

Remember, the two-second rule is for good conditions. The gap should be at least doubled on wet roads and increased still further on icy roads.

Highway code rule: 126.

#5: Why should you allow more space in front of your vehicle when following a large vehicle?

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Large vehicles can block your view. Your ability to see and to plan ahead will be improved if you pull back to increase your separation distance.

If you are following too close, be aware that the driver may not be able to see you in the mirrors.

Pulling back is a good idea to both see and be seen.

Highway code rules: 126, 222.

#6: What should you do when you must stop in a congested tunnel?

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If you have to stop in a tunnel, leave at least a 5-metre gap between you and the vehicle in front.

Highway code rule: 126.

#7: When is it dangerous to overtake another vehicle?

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DO NOT overtake when approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road.

Highway code rules: 165, 166, 167.

#8: For which of the following reasons should you use your horn?

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Use your horn only while your vehicle is moving and it is necessary to warn other road users of your presence.

Highway code rule: 112.

#9: This sign means:

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Road narrows on both sides.

Road narrows signs give warning that the existing carriageway width becomes restricted. Signs may supplemented by a single traffic fileplate.

#10: What are the marked areas in the picture called?

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Be aware that mirrors do not cover all areas and there will be blind spots. You must turn your head and glance over your shoulder.

Highway code rule: 161.

#11: How can you use your vehicle’s engine as a brake?

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Lower gear gives increased engine braking. Select a lower gear before you reach a long downhill slope. This will help to control your speed.

Highway code rule: 160.

#12: There is a slow-moving motorcyclist ahead of you. You are unsure what the rider is going to do. You should:

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When passing motorcyclists and cyclists, give them plenty of room

Highway code rules: 212, 163.

#13: Overtaking on a one-way street is allowed:

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Traffic could pass on either side.

Highway code rule: 143.

#14: When driving at dusk or dawn, you should switch your headlights on:

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Use dipped headlights, or dim-dip if fitted, in dull daytime weather, to ensure that you can be seen.

Highway code rules: 115, 226.

#15: You are following a lorry approaching a junction. The driver slows down and signals a turn. What is the best thing to do?

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DO NOT overtake when approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road.

Highway code rules: 165, 166, 167.

#16: You want to turn left ahead. There is a cyclist just in front of you. You should:

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Do not overtake just before you turn left and watch out for traffic coming up on your left before you make the turn.

Highway code rules: 182, 163, 167.

#17: When approaching this bend you should:

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Take extra care on country roads and reduce your speed at approaches to bends, which can be sharper than they appear.

Highway code rule: 154.

#18: Signs have different colours and shapes for easy identification. This diamond-shaped speed sign is intended for:

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The sign shown indicates the speed limit for tramcars. It is diamond in shape to distinguish it from signs for motor vehicles.

Remember, all diamond-shaped signs are for tram drivers only.

#19: You are driving on a city street. Before stopping it is important to:

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Always use your mirrors in good time before you signal or change direction or speed.

Highway code rule: 161.

#20: Another road user drives up by your side and behaves aggressively. It may be a good idea to do all of the following, except:

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Do not make the situation worse. Try to be understanding if other road users cause problems. Do not allow yourself to become agitated or involved if someone is behaving badly on the road.

Highway code rule: 147.

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How to Use Mock Test to Prepare for Your Driving Licence Exam

This first multiple-choice test has 20 questions about road rules, signs, and signals. You should correctly answer 17 of these questions before continuing. Result is shown at the end of the test!

Like all of our mock tests, questions are drawn from a larger pool – a different pool for each mock test!

U.K. Highway Code

Remember, you need to know most of the road rules found in the U.K. Highway Code to pass the exam.

The Highway Code is also an excellent source later in life, when you need to check facts or refresh your knowledge.

Study Tips

When you study the Highway Code, use notes to rewrite information with your own words. The longer, the better.

Scribbling down road rules with your own words triggers a reflecting process which helps you learn faster and better.

If possible, discuss rules, questions, and answers with a teacher or a parent. They can give you helpful advice or insights. After studying the code or handbooks, take as many practice tests as you need. Mock questions will cover all areas necessary to pass the DVSA examination. But remember, quality first, quantity second. Don’t try to memorise answers. Focus on true understanding.

You will most likely miss one or two questions on each mock test. Understand why you miss a question and try to find patterns in your weaknesses. Did you read too quickly? Did you jump at an answer without reading all options? Or did you simply not know the answer?

The best learning comes from drilling your weaknesses to perfection.

Road Rules – Found an Error?

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